Superheroes are at war! 2016 seems like an interesting year since the VS. theme is strong with a number of superhero movies that will popping up in theaters this year such as Batman vs. Superman, Captain America: Civil War, Suicide Squad, and X-Men: Apocalypse. That last film listed has been overshadowed by the strong media presence of the other three, but as we get closer to its release Fox continues to release trailers and promotional art in an effort to energize fans and casual film-goers who will head to their local cinema and watch whatever sounds good at the time. Hopefully this installment can live up to DOFP and reassure those who are skeptical about the franchise's momentum.
Here's the basic plot:
Since ancient times, the first and most powerful mutant, Apocalypse—immortal and invincible—has been worshipped as a god. But when Apocalypse awakens from hibernation of thousands of years and decides to end humanity and to take over the world, Raven and Charles Xavier lead a team of young X-Men to face Apocalypse and defeat him.
There has been alot of chatter about this film ever since the first trailer dropped, which made some, a few more than others, skeptical about how good the film would be. Recently, a second trailer was released and is receiving slightly more positive feedback than the previous one. Many of the complaints seem to be directed at Jennifer lawrence who plays an iteration of the mutant femme fatale Mystique in the film. Some feel that lawrence's new-found clout as an actress has overshadowed the X-men franchise and brought the films down as a whole. Complaints about Apocalypse's appearance also continue to be at the forefront of the pre-release criticism. But as stated before, the feelings toward this film have improved with the latest trailer drop, which teased some of the film's crucial and pivotal moments.
Despite the controversy, the X-men franchise still has a leg to stand on after DOFP mystified audiences in 2014 with its heart and suspense. This new film will have to top it in a number of areas while setting up a future sequel in the new timeline. Hopefully if there is a sequel it has something to do with the words "Phoenix" and "Saga". Heck, even introduce Mister Sinister who a number of fans have been dying to see as a villain in the X-men films. In terms of box-office, the film has a proven record of selling tickets and making gains on the international market. All that's left to do now is wait and see what comes after X-men Apocalypse and what's next for the franchise as it moves forward.